A couple of months ago, I wanted to buy my son a toy which was different to his other toys. We were in Tesco and I saw something called a Nuby Flip Flop Teether Book for £5, so we bought that. It is in the shape of a horse but its body is actually a book with pages you lift up. This gives it a multi-function as you can read it as a book, cuddle it as a soft toy or your baby can chew it to help with teething.
It is quite light to hold too, which is especially good for young babies. It also has a Velcro strap which you can attach to a car seat, stroller or baby bouncer. It is a clever, well-made and sturdy toy which is bright and colourful too. The horse has a lovely smiling face in bright colours and its ears are crinkly, which babies love as they make a noise when you touch them. The tail and mane are a dark purple cord fabric, which also provides different colours and textures to stimulate and interest the baby.
The toy is suitable from birth (though the tag reminds parents not to leave a child under three unattended with this toy) and is BPA free. It has the CE safety mark on and it suggests cleaning by using a damp cloth.
The toy has a hard yellow circle to chew on, plus two of the horse's feet are made of that hard plastic stuff that babies like to put in their mouths whilst teething. The other two hooves are soft and crinkly.
The book itself is just six pages long and this aspect is probably the least satisfying of the product. It rhymes, but not brilliantly, the language used is rather American ('Katy likes to jump her rope' instead of 'skip') and they have abbreviated 'through' to 'thru' which is not ideal for when your child is older and learning to read and spell! The pages of the book are soft and have lots of bright colours and patterns on, along with cute cartoon pictures of animals with alliterative names - Katy the kangaroo, Monty the monkey, Dicky the duck, Barry the bear, Terrence the tortoise and Okie the octopus.
I think it is good value for the money, but shop around if you wish to buy it, as the price does vary. (Tesco Direct seems to be the cheapest place to buy it from at the moment for £4.94.) It certainly isn't the best toy I have bought and there are many better books available, but it has its use and my son enjoys teething on it and feeling the crinkly bits. Its strength is in combining its three aspects - a cute cuddly horse toy, its use for babies who are teething and the book - and for around £5, it is good value for money.